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Kirk Michael and Glen Wyllin Conservation Area - ‘Open House’ Event – 24th and 25th March 2006 23 March 2006

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment is holding an ‘Open House’ event at Kirk Michael’s Community Civic Centre on Friday 24th March from 3.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. and on Saturday 25th March from 10.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. Staff of the Department will be available to explain the proposal to create a Conservation Area for Kirk Michael and Glen Wyllin.

    The Department hopes that members of the local community who may be affected by the creation of a Conservation Area, will take the opportunity to attend this event to gain a better understanding of the implications involved, including the availability of grants to assist property owners with the repair and maintenance of their property.

    In November 2001, the Department launched its Planning Policy Note on the Conservation of the Island’s Historic Environment. Part of that policy was to promote a programme to designate further Conservation Areas in the Island.

    The creation, in August 2002, of a new Conservation Area focussed on the Douglas Promenades was the first in this programme. Following an in depth assessment of the special character of both Kirk Michael and Glen Wyllin, the Department has published a draft of the Conservation Area proposal for public consultation.

    Preliminary consultation has already been initiated with Michael District Commissioners, which is the Local Authority for the area and with the Advisory Council on Planning and the Environment.

    Clare Christian, MLC, Member of the Department with responsibility for Planning and Conservation added, “

    Kirk Michael and Glen Wyllin have a very special quality and are part of the Island’s rural gems. The Department is hopeful of gaining strong support for the proposal from the local community”.

    Ian McCauley, the Director of Planning and Building Control explained,

    “When looking to designate a Conservation Area, we consider it very important to encourage an exchange of ideas with those who may be affected by the proposal. We see this as a valuable opportunity to help people gain a better understanding what a Conservation Area means and how it can benefit individual property owners, as well as preserving and enhancing part of the Island’s unique character”.

    The Historic Buildings Conservation Scheme, which was introduced by the Department in June 2000, is already being well received in other Conservation Areas in the Island and focuses on assisting owners to maintain and enhance their properties.

    Information leaflets will be available at the event and the Department will be inviting Public comment, with a closing date of Friday, 21st April 2006.

    23rd March 2006

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